Revere covers up in clubhouse due to illness

Revere covers up in clubhouse due to illness

PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Revere wore a red ski mask over his head and face inside the Phillies' clubhouse Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park.

He had not been at the ballpark since Thursday because of a nasty stomach virus. Revere improved enough to return Sunday, but felt he should stay covered to keep his teammates safe.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Revere was available to play against the Reds in the series finale, but John Mayberry Jr. started in center field for the second time in three games. Tony Gwynn Jr. started in center on Saturday.

"He's over the hump with that as far as being sick," Sandberg said of Revere. "I anticipate him ready to go on Tuesday [in Miami]."

But if Revere finds himself in the starting lineup, where will he hit? The Phillies have had some success with Jimmy Rollins hitting leadoff and Carlos Ruiz and Wil Nieves hitting second the past three games while he has been out.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.